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Hluhluwe winning the Cape Turf Club Syndicates Progress Plate over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville last month under Grant van Niekerk (Picture: Wayne Marks)

Turf Talk

Today’s (Tuesday’s) last race at Hollywoodbets Durbanville, won by the Vaughan Marshall-trained Fibonacci (William Longsword), franked the form of two Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup candidates, Hluhluwe and Green With Envy.

The Justin Snaith-trained Hluhluwe and his equally promising stablemate Snow Pilot are both running in the Cape Punters Cup over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday, where they have tough draws in the ten horse field.

Jonathan Snaith said about Hluhluwe’s chances, “He is drawn widest and will be ridden cold early on.  He will finish powerfully which will set him up for a huge run in the Gr1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas on 16 December. He’s improved considerably and could rival the Joburg contenders this season.”

Stable jockey Grant van Niekerk  rides Hluhluwe.

Jonathan said about Snow Pilot’s chances, “He was still a little heavy last time out and will improve from that effort. JP Van Der Merwe will take up the ride. He’s drawn 9 but the race is on the summer course and he’ll have plenty of time and space to make his run. He is worth considering and could turn the tables on Questioning.”

Snow Pilot is a Drakenstein Stud homebred Lancaster Bomber colt.

Hluhluwe is a Drakenstein Stud-bred Trippi colt owned by Nick Jonsson.

Hluhluwe beat Fibonacci by 7,80 lengths when giving the latter 4kg over 1400m in his only start this season.

Before that Fibonacci was beaten 16,85 lengths by the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Green With Envy, also over the Hollywoodbets Durbanville 1400m course and distance.

Admittedly today’s victory for Fibonacci was over 1250m, but his only previous win was over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, so it does make the above two formlines with Cape Punters Cup contenders interesting.

Green With Envy looks to be one who will relish the step up to 1600m too, so he could get closer to Questioning, who beat him by four lengths in the Gr 3 Cape Classic over 1400m.

Splitting them in the latter event was Snow Pilot, beaten 1,75 lengths.

Snow Pilot’s sire Lancaster Bomber’s only Gr 1 win was over 2100m. Snow Pilot is out of the former Snaith-trained Captain Al heroine Snowdance, who had a fantastic Cape Summer season as a three-year-old, winning the Gr 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship over 1400m, the Gr 1 Cape Fillies Guineas and the Gr 1 Majorca Stakes over 1600m.

Snow Pilot has a big action and took quite a strong hold in the Cape Classic, which was his first and only run of the season. If he finds cover from draw nine on Saturday and settles well he will be a massive runner.

Hluhluwe, by Trippi, is out of a Giant’s Causeway mare whose only win was over 1800m. He should relish the step up in trip and has already done well over 1500m, finishing a short-head second in the Gr 3 WSB Langerman to My Golly Molly at the end of last season. My Golly Molly also runs in the Punters Cup on Saturday, although he has to bounce back from a last place finish in the Cape Classic.

Hluhluwe has plenty of substance and when last seen on October 7 looked to have plenty of scope.

The Highveld three-year-olds Sandringham Summit and Main Defender hold the trump cards around the country at present.

However, interestingly, Fibonacci was beaten 10,50 lengths by Sandringham Summit in the Gr 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m at HWB Greyville, so on that formline it gives the Cape horses hope.

However, the aforementioned comments from the Snaith yard about Hluhluwe and Snow Pilot are probably more significant than the above formline.

The Gr 2 Punters Cup is going to tell a story at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

Will it see the emergence of the Cape sophomores as a force?

They are usually the best, or close to it at least.

However, they are taking a while to emerge this season, perhaps due to the disruptive amount of rain during the winter.